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White House intern tries to take the microphone from CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Photo: Reuters

White House intern tries to take the microphone from CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Photo: Reuters

White House intern tries to take the microphone from CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump has denied suggestions that a video released by the White House depicting contact between an intern and a CNN reporter was altered.

At the same time, he seemingly threatened to revoke the press credentials of more journalists.

The president insisted that the video distributed by his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was simply a "close-up" and "was not doctored".

"Nobody manipulated it. All that is is a close-up," said Mr Trump, who then attacked the reporter for asking the question and called him "dishonest".

A frame-by-frame comparison with a video of the incident, which happened at Mr Trump's news conference following the mid-term election results on Wednesday, shows that the video tweeted by Ms Sanders speeds up an arm movement by CNN's Jim Acosta, who made contact with the intern who was trying to take away his microphone.

Unprofessional

The sped-up footage app-ears to make the gesture more threatening.

Mr Trump, speaking yesterday, stood by the decision to suspend Mr Acosta's press pass, which allows the correspondent access to the White House.

"He's a very unprofessional guy. I don't think he's a smart person but he has a loud voice," Mr Trump told reporters in a testy exchange before he left for Paris and a World War One commemoration ceremony.

"You have to treat the White House with respect. You have to treat the presidency with respect."

He said he had not decided if Mr Acosta's pass would be reinstated and suggested there "could be others" who lose their credentials.

He belittled several reporters, saying one had asked "a stupid question", and singled out April Ryan, of Urban Radio Networks, calling her "very nasty".

Ms Ryan, who is also a CNN contributor, tweeted in response: "I love this country and have the most respect for the Office of the President. I will continue to ask the questions that affect America, all of America."

Journalism bodies, including the American Society of News Editors and the White House Correspondents Association, have demanded that Mr Acosta's press pass be reinstated.


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